Japan’s nuclear facility catches fire, no radiation leak

November 13th, 2008 - 5:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Tokyo, Nov 13 (Xinhua) A 43-year-old male worker sustained burns Thursday as a fire broke out at a building housing a reactor in the Onagawa nuclear power plant in Japan’s Miyagi district.The fire was extinguished in about 50 minutes and there was no radiation leak outside the plant owned by Tohoku Electric Co., Kyodo News Agency reported.

The fire started at around 2 p.m. at the plant’s No. 1 reactor, which has been undergoing regular checkups since February, the company said.

Kyodo quoting initial probe report said the air conditioning system of the reactor might have caught sparks from welding work going on at that time.

Company officials said the injured worker sustained minor burns and was able to walk to safety on his own.

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